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  Huckabee Would Criminalize Abortion ProvidersDecember 30, 2007 19:32 Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, locked in a tight GOP race in Iowa, said Sunday he would seek to punish doctors who took money to provide abortions to women if he succeeded in outlawing the procedure, as he has long advocated.

"I think if a doctor knowingly took the life of an unborn child for money, and that's why he was doing it, yeah, I think you would, you would find some way to sanction that doctor," Huckabee said during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "I don't know that you'd put him in prison, but there's something to me untoward about a person who has committed himself to healing people and to making people alive who would take money to take an innocent life and to make that life dead."

The former governor said he would not support penalizing women who sought abortions even if they were outlawed. "I think you don't punish the woman, first of all, because it's not about ... I consider her a victim, not a criminal."

Huckabee, whose campaign surged to the lead in Iowa polls but has cooled in recent days, also used the appearance on the Sunday show to launch his most pointed attack yet on rival Mitt Romney. He accused the former Massachusetts governor of running a "very desperate and, frankly, distorted" campaign for the presidency.
  Opponent Of Illegal Immigration Ends White House BidDecember 20, 2007 14:25 Rep. Tom Tancredo abandoned his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday and endorsed Mitt Romney's candidacy, saying the Massachusetts Republican "can go the distance."

Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, is a fierce proponent of stricter illegal immigration laws, but his campaign struggled to gain traction with Republican primary voters, despite many naming illegal immigration as a top concern.

Noting the "incredibly long odds" when he launched his White House bid, Tancredo said his campaign achieved what it meant to do: put illegal immigration on the national agenda.

"I am ecstatic about the fact that we can say we have made remarkable progress along those lines," Tancredo said during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. "According to Newsweek, the Tancredo campaign has already won."
  Giuliani Will Not Sever Ties To His FirmDecember 10, 2007 07:27 Rudolph W. Giuliani, seeking to stem a spate of bad news in his bid for the Republican nomination, defended himself Sunday morning from a vast array of questions about his personal integrity, his judgment and possible conflicts of interest because of business ties, among other issues.
As the solo guest on “Meet the Press,” Mr. Giuliani was by turns defensive, apologetic and indignant under the questions of Tim Russert, but the interview never grew heated and at points Mr. Giuliani seemed amused.
He said he would not sever his financial ties with Giuliani Partners, the security consulting firm he founded. He also disassociated himself from the opinions of one of his more hawkish foreign policy advisers, tried to explain why he missed meetings of the Iraq Study Group to give lucrative speeches and once again tried to explain his recommendation of Bernard B. Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security.

His personal life was also touched upon, when Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who was twice divorced, was questioned about the decision to provide security to his then-girlfriend, now wife, Judith Nathan, at taxpayer expense.
Mr. Giuliani was dismissive when asked about the work his law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, has done on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corporation of Houston, the American subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).
Hugo Chávez, the socialist leader of Venezuela who derides President Bush as a genocidal murderer, controls the state company.
Mr. Giuliani laughed loudly as Mr. Russert posed the question and then went on to claim that the law firm represented Citgo “just in Texas.”
He was also asked about some controversial clients of his security firm, Giuliani Partners, including the government of Qatar.
Members of the royal family in the Persian Gulf country are suspected of sheltering Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. “The reality is Qatar is an ally of the United States,” he said.